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12-12-2009 @ 10:25PM
Good article, and good advice.It' more of a general knowledge thing than a mage specific thing but helpful nonetheless.I'm one of the people that don't care if your undergeared. I know it's kinda difficult/expensive to get epics without farming heroics. I know that sometimes "running" somebody through something will make their day a lot easier.Considering I'm a healer, I'll generally whisper people who are fresh 80's and in greens/blues if I see them doing something obviously wrong. My friend is a Ret pally, who i've been running random heroics with since the patch came out. He's decently geared, but of course he's not geared enough to run H-ToC right from the start. But as a healer, I know that if I try harder, I can make up for his lack of experience and gear. For example, during the Nomulous or whoever the Elemental guy is in the Nexus, I noticed him attacking the boss during a rift opening. Instead of making it obvious that he is doing it wrong, I quickly whisper him "When he opens the rifts, switch to them, like the other dps"I'm a pretty paitent person when it comes to heroics. Everybody was a nub and has thier nub moments every now and then. As a healer sometimes it's more obvious/costly if you have a nub moment than as a DPS (My first 80 was a Hunter) and it's quickly matured me to the way of forgiveness.Now, Jerks and Tanks who don't know what they are doing, I don't really like. If I see a tank coming in who can't pick up even basic mobs, I'll tell them directly, no whispering involved."Hey, pick up the caster..." or "When you see your healer running around trying to heal himself, or you see the hunter disengaging and feigning death at every chance, you might want to check to see if you have all the mobs.Oddly enough, my smoothest Heroic runs have been in the new pugging system. We got an awesome Gundrak group today where we had no downtime at all. We went, from mob to mob, boss to boss, no mana breaks, tank kept aggro consistently, dps saved cooldowns for the appropriate times.Gundrak is obviously not a hard instance, especially when you are geared for raids (I'm not, I don't have the time) but it feels really good when you and the 4 other random people are killing mobs left and right with no downtime, it feels like you are really working like a well oiled machine.
12-13-2009 @ 11:39AM
I think that you're outlook and approach are the minority from what I've seen in the last week and it's a real shame. People should be more patient with others regardless of how easy an instance might be. We all wiped on Anomolous at one point or another.This is a great article and I'd love to see something like this for tanks. You know who you are mr. pally-tank-who-doesn't wait for the group.
12-13-2009 @ 5:50PM
The only problem is when people decide to ignore the advice for some reason. Some Wow players seem to think that advice is an insult to their honor or something, and as such ignore it off principle. Either that or they know everything and couldn't possibly be wrong.For instance, I was running Forge with three guildies, and two randoms. During every single trash pull with aoe, one of the dps would die. I noticed that the pally healer didn't have beacon on the tank, and saw that it was on them instead. As this was the strategy before they allowed overheals, I thought I'd inform them that they changed it and beacon on the tank would be much easier and keep us alive. The response was "um, no." When the dps all died before the first soul fragment, we decided to duck out of that nonsense.Besides that, note that an undergeared person in your instance might not be there on purpose, as the random finder doesn't seem to treat the new dungeons differently than most. They're not trying to be carried, they just want the extra badges from the random.
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